Monthly Archives: February 2014

TOP TEN TORY FAILURES #6 – in ‘the most unequal borough in Britain’

Every day between 20 Feb and 5 March, when they will announce their alternative Budget, Kensington Labour Group will announce an area of extreme inequality in Kensington and Chelsea ‘the most unequal borough in Britain’.

The borough known as ‘The Royal Bank of Kensington and Chelsea’ has £180m in Reserves – and some of the poorest residents in London.

#6, 27.2.14 overcrowding (2)Thurs 27 Feb

6. LIVING CONDITIONS/OVERCROWDING

Kensington and Chelsea is a dense borough, though ‘lived density’ is not measured, only ‘built density’. It is worthwhile reviewing the number of second and empty homes alongside density values.

Golborne Ward, children and young people 0-19 living in overcrowded homes 63%

Campden Ward, children 0-19 overcrowded, 18.9%

Overcrowding for school-age children means less space for homework, rest and privacy, and is a known indicator in poor educational attainment. Where there are more overcrowded homes, there is greater need for homework clubs in libraries and other centres with access to IT, and specialist help in core subjects to support children struggling to keep up.

In one part of the borough, one in five homes are empty; in another there are no second homes. Where is this ghost town? And where would you rather live?

TOP TEN TORY FAILURES #5 – from ‘the most unequal borough in Britain’

Every day between 20 Feb and 5 March, when they will announce their alternative Budget, Kensington Labour Group will announce an area of extreme inequality in Kensington and Chelsea ‘the most unequal borough in Britain’.

The borough known as ‘The Royal Bank of Kensington and Chelsea’ has £180m in Reserves – and some of the poorest residents in London.

 

#5, 26.2.14 income, LLWopera (2)Weds 26 Feb

5. INCOME INEQUALITY

The median income in Kensington and Chelsea is now £101,600, the highest in the country; this is still not enough to buy a home at the average cost of £1,178,000. However the mean average income is £36,000, and one-third of all workers, the majority in North Kensington earn below £20,000.

World’s End estate, income inequality = worst (£13,125 equivalent of a year at minimum wage)

Hobury Street, Stanley ward = best (cc£100,000)

Cross King’s Road in this area and you go from the best to the worst income in London.

The Council has refused to pay its own low-paid workers London Living Wage of £8.80, or to insist its contractors pay the same, stating it would cost £1m; this is nearly equal to the sum the Council underwrites for the losses of running Opera Holland Park.

TOP TEN TORY FAILURES #4 – from ‘the most unequal borough in Britain’

Every day between 20 Feb and 5 March, when they will announce their alternative Budget, Kensington Labour Group will announce an area of extreme inequality in Kensington and Chelsea ‘the most unequal borough in Britain’.

The borough known as ‘The Royal Bank of Kensington and Chelsea’ has £180m in Reserves – and some of the poorest residents in London.

#4, 25.2.14 healthinequality (2)Tuesday 25 Feb

4. HEALTH INEQUALITY

This is scored in different ways, ‘health deprivation’ is made up of a number of indicators, whereas the ONS score is self-reported. Overall Kensington and Chelsea is ranked first in England and Wales for the percentage of residents assessing their health as ‘very good’ (57.8% compared to 50.5% in London).

In Beaufort Gardens, Knightsbridge, health deprivation is 0%

In Henry Dickens Court, Norland, health deprivation is 65%

In Wornington Green, just 42% of residents assess their health as ‘very good’. In Golborne 2.5% assess their health as ‘very bad’ (rank 1st); this is double the London average.

Incidence of diabetes has increased by 12%, that’s 700 more people, in just three years.

TOP TEN TORY FAILURES #3 – from ‘the most unequal borough in Britain’

 

Every day between 20 Feb and 5 March, when they will announce their alternative Budget, Kensington Labour Group will announce an area of extreme inequality in Kensington and Chelsea ‘the most unequal borough in Britain’.

 

The borough known as ‘The Royal Bank of Kensington and Chelsea’ has £180m in Reserves – and some of the poorest residents in London.

toryfail3corrected deprivationMonday 24 Feb

3. INDEX OF MULTIPLE DEPRIVATION

Multiple Deprivation is made up of a group of indicators comprising a range of economic, social and housing issues and are scored on lower super output areas (of up to 2,000 households).

In Queen’s Gate, the IMD score is 8.46 (‘least deprived ward in England’)

Swinbrook Estate off Portobello Road has an IMD of 53.02 (4% worst deprived in England)

Residents in Swinbrook Estate are nearly seven times more deprived than those in Queen’s Gate, a short bus ride away.

TOP TEN TORY FAILURES #2 – from ‘the most unequal borough in Britain’

Every day between 20 Feb and 5 March, when they will announce their alternative Budget, Kensington Labour Group will announce an area of extreme inequality in Kensington and Chelsea ‘the most unequal borough in Britain’.

The borough known as ‘The Royal Bank of Kensington and Chelsea’ has £180m in Reserves – and some of the poorest residents in London.

toryfail2lifeexpectancyFriday 21 Feb

2. LIFE EXPECTANCY

Average life expectancy for men in London is 77 (for women cc 5 years longer); in the borough it’s an amazing 82yrs. This is an average, including:

Golborne Ward – 72yrs

Hans Town, Knightsbridge – 92 yrs

This is a quite extraordinary difference in life expectancy of 20 years within just three miles. Don’t cross the road to Josiah’s to buy your newspaper; you could lose ten years of your life. Where is this?